Greetings, DD'ers! It's been a bit over a month since I last posted a page. Not coincidentally I've been on a wonderfully long ~month-long vacation with my best beloved. Got back at oh-dark-thirty last Sunday morning, just in time to re-pack and head out for a conference for my job. Ugh! Home now, and I can't believe I'm saying this, but you have no idea how good it feel to be finally home doing laundry and sorting through mail. Smile

Thought I'd use Katie's throwdown challenge to get back into scrapping, but when one remembers at 6:47 p.m. that the throwdown started at 6:00 p.m., well, let's just say it's a good thing I wasn't doing this for the gift certificate prize! Smile

For our month-long vacation, Peter and I were on a road trip all around the southwestern United States: Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona. We didn't see everything those wonderful states have to offer, but we saw enough. I will be scrapping this trip for years to come, mainly because I'm still scrapping our Chicago vacation from August, our Maui vacation from a couple of years ago, but I digress...

Because of where we live in California, we don't get to see the leaves change color. Everything here is green for half the year and then brown. We really don't have seasons; autumn is simply a designation on a calendar. We timed our road trip just right, though, as we saw the most breathtaking fall colors, even though it was still a bit early in the season. The picture on this page was taken on the road that leads to Point Sublime, an overlook at the north rim of the Grand Canyon. (Has anyone here ever driven that road and seen Point Sublime? At only 18 miles off the main paved road, you'd think it would be a short drive, but I use the word "road" loosely to describe what we had to drive to get there! Took us an hour to drive it! Thank heavens we have a four-wheel drive suv, but I digress again...) The overlook itself is magnificent, but driving back to the main road, we turned a corner and stopped dead in our 4-wheeled tracks when we saw the road ahead of us was lined with aspens, all dressed up in their fall finery, the wind blowing through the leaves as if to show them off to us. So, this is what people in the Northern Hemisphere mean when they talk about the leaves changing color in the fall! I could live in a place like this and be very happy! Well, at least until the first snow hit, and then I'd be miserable! Smile

Katie, thanks for a fun challenge!

Cassie Jones
How’d They Do That? No. 13: Bending Shadows

Pattie Knox
Brad Bonanza No. 01: Digital Fasteners
Felt Board Friends: Feels Like Fall

Katie Pertiet
Oct. 14 Throwdown Freebies
Letter Box Overlays No. 02

Thanks for stopping by!